Blog Starts Conversation About Getting More Students To Attend Pershing

September 21, 2010

West U parents started a blog called "West U Middle School" to try to find a way to get more students to attend Pershing Middle School.

A blog has recently been created by some West U parents to start a conversation about how to get more students to attend Pershing Middle School.

The blog points out that few 5th graders go on to attend Pershing Middle School, the school West U Elementary is zoned for. Other students go through a lottery system to get into a middle school or parents opt to enroll their children in private school.

Here are some comments from the West U Middle School blog:

“West U Elementary is an exemplary elementary school, with HUGE momentum. The parent involvement is incredible at WUE. The faculty is among the best in the city. Why, then, are such a committed group of parents letting this momentum fizzle to the point where most of the children graduating from 5th grade face a lottery system to get into one of the neighboring middle schools?”

“We called this blog West U Middle School because we think West U Elementary School needs a middle school, and after spending some time doing some research, we’ve come to the conclusion that the answer lies in us. If we commit to making this change, we can get it done.”

West U residents Adrienne Vanderbloemen and Christi Young sent a letter to parents inviting those interested in finding a solution to join the discussion.

A meeting will be held at the Vanderbloemen residence, 4230 Judson Ave., on Oct. 14 at 8 a.m.

“The meeting is to discuss the reasons West U kids are going to different schools and how we can change this by getting parents and kids interested in attending Pershing.  We’d like to carry the momentum of West University Elementary to Pershing,” Vanderbloemen and Young said in an email to parents.

West U HISD trustee Mike Lunceford will be in attendance at the meeting.

For more information or questions email Vanderbloemen and Young at

To visit the blog, click here.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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